Aviation Safety Practices – Specialists in Working at Heights

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Have you been tasked with introducing aircraft working at heights safety in your organisation?

If so, are you asking yourself

  • Where do I start?
  • Where can I get assistance?
  • Are there any existing solutions I can piggy back off?

If you answered yes to any of the above - we can help.

Falls from heights whilst undertaking maintenance activities on aircraft, can cause serious injury and death. For the victims, their families, and the community, each injury is one too many.

AMCE is a specialist in aviations safety practices, and has developed a number of working at heights(WAH) safety systems and practices for the protection of personnel undertaking aircraft maintenance taskings. Our safety systems are currently in service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and are used by the squadrons to maintain crew safety when conducting maintenance taskings relating to aircraft types such as DHC4 Caribou, C-130H Hercules and C-130J-30 Hercules. Our safety systems were also being used for the RAAF Boeing 707 while the aircraft were in service with the RAAF.

Our current WAH systems have been designed to meet the operator’s needs - including the need to conduct maintenance taskings in the hangar or flight line; at home base or away base; and/or at a serviced air field or green field site.

We have first hand experience in aircraft maintenance and operations, extensive experience in meeting defence and/or civil regulations regarding occupational, health and safety, and a proven ability to deliver effective aircraft maintenance working at height safety systems. Hence we have a comprehensive understanding of:

  • the ease or difficulties of undertaking certain maintenance tasks;
  • the conditions under which the maintenance tasks may be conducted;
  • the associated risk exposures to maintenance crew when conducting maintenance inspections or repairs while on top of an aircraft surface; and
  • how the working at height risks can be mitigated to protect crew and meet regulatory requirements.

So how can we help?

AMCE is able to provide various levels of service for the introduction of working at height safety systems and practices in the workplace. These may range from:

  • Simple advice which may be for the purpose of providing a sufficient overview, to help provide some direction, particularly if unsure where to start;
  • Conducting feasibility studies which provide working at height safety options, pros and cons, how each option would impact the crew operations and maintenance personnel, costs and implementation timeframes. Feasibility studies enable organisations to make informed decisions regarding selection of appropriate safety systems and practices.
  • AMCE may be engaged for development and implementation of working at height safety systems and practices, in conjunction with the organisation.

Key Attributes

  • Proven working at heights safety systems – low risk
  • Safety systems incorporate equipment already developed and available commercially– keeping costs down
  • Approved Design Packages certifying the WAH safety system provided to satisfy regulatory authorities
  • Our WAH safety systems are supportable, being:
    • easy to operate
    • quick to deploy
    • transportable
    • low maintenance

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